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IMSE Honors Society prepares for annual open house

Alpha Pi Mu members coordinate an activity for visiting elemenary school students.

Alpha Pi Mu members coordinate an activity for visiting elemenary school students during last year’s engineering open house.

Every year, Alpha Pi Mu participates in Mizzou Engineering’s Open House, which invites elementary through high school students to tour Lafferre Hall and participate in lab exhibits that relate engineering to different elementary ideas. Alpha Pi Mu annually organizes these lab exhibits for the Industrial Engineering Department. A few examples from previous years include a candy factory, which compares different factory concepts to candy production, an ergonomics distracted homework test, which demonstrates the negative effects of multi-tasking when performing a job, and — new this year— a probability dice game to demonstrate basic probability and statistics concepts. In past years, the department has done well in the college’s exhibit rankings so the pressure is on for another year of success.

Something new to Alpha Pi Mu this year includes a Mizzou, Alpha Pi Mu specific website which is under construction this semester. Society officers will be responsible for publishing current member pictures, news, and information.

Current officers include: Don Schmidt, president; Taylor Hunt, vice president; Kurt Ehlers, secretary; and Anthony Timmerman, treasurer. New members will be inducted in April.

 

Student SME chapter gets ready for leadership series in St. Louis

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) was invited to attend the senior chapter January meeting and joined them for appetizers before the meeting. Upcoming events include a SME leadership series, which will be held in St. Louis on March 9-10, a recruitment event and a service project at the local food bank.

Current officers are Lauren Himmelberg, president; Kelsey Cook, vice president; Erin Carter, treasurer; and Kurt Ehlers, secretary.

 

Institute of Industrial Engineers holds 2012 South Central Regional Conference

By Maren Reinig

Members of the Mizzou chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers discuss the upcoming conference at a recent meeting.

The University of Missouri’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers is proud to host the 2012 South Central Regional Conference and Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition March 2 to 3, 2012.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Faces of Industrial Engineering.” The line-up of keynote speakers will address the impact of industrial engineering in manufacturing and international business, logistics and finance and healthcare.

Representing manufacturing and international business is Dave Plourde from Preco Incorporated; the logistics and finance representative is Christine Pierson from UMB Financial Corporation; and healthcare will be covered by Brian Whorley from Barnes Jewish Children’s Hospital. In addition to the keynote speakers, students will participate in a technical paper competition.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers South Central Regional Conference encourages students and professionals to share in an invigorating program. For the students, the conference is more than just an educational event and friendly competition. The South Central Regional Conference is an opportunity to network, interact with students from other universities and learn from the experiences of current industrial engineering professionals.

Keeping in mind the mission statement of The Institute of Industrial Engineers, which is “ To provide knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of the industrial engineering profession and those individuals involved with improving quality and productivity,” this year’s Institute of Industrial Engineers South Central Regional Conference is sure to be a wonderful success.

In addition to the members of Mizzou’s student chapter of IIE, there are students traveling from The University of Arkansas, St. Mary’s University, Wichita State University, The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M, and Kansas State University to  attend the conference; pushing the guest list to over 90 attendees.

Current officers include: Luke Burns, president; Aaron Vanderpool, vice president; Maren Reinig, treasurer; Jennifer Bergman, secretary; and Lauryn Perz, executive officer.